FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2011
NCDA&CS Gypsy Moth Program Manager
(919) 733-6930, ext. 247
NCDA&CS sets 2011 public meetings on gypsy moth treatments
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking input from residents in Caswell, Granville, Onslow and Rockingham counties concerning treatment options against the non-native, highly destructive gypsy moth.
Field monitoring activities conducted by NCDA&CS in 2010 determined that reproducing populations of the gypsy moth exist in these counties and present a threat to hardwood trees. Residents near the proposed treatment areas have been sent notices by mail.
The following meetings are scheduled:
- Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. at the Welcome Center, N.C. Hwy. 700, Pelham. This meeting is for the proposed treatment areas near or associated with the Ruffin area in Rockingham County.
- Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at the Caswell County Cooperative Extension Center, 126 Court Square, Yanceyville. This meeting is for the proposed treatment areas near or associated with the Yanceyville and Leasburg areas in Caswell County.
- Tuesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Hammocks Beach State Park Visitors Center, 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro. This meeting is for the proposed treatment area inside Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County.
- Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at the Granville County Cooperative Extension Center, 208 Wall St., Oxford. This meeting is for the proposed treatment area near or associated with Jonathan Crossroads in Granville County.
NCDA&CS has addressed spot introductions of the gypsy moth in several areas across North Carolina since the 1970s. The department is working with eight other states through the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation Inc. and with other state and federal agencies to reduce the expansion of the gypsy moth into uninfested areas of the state.
Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of hundreds of plant species, predominantly hardwood trees. In heavily infested areas, trees may be completely stripped of foliage, leaving entire forests more susceptible to attacks from other pests.
Gypsy moths can also be a nuisance to the general public. Caterpillars may migrate in search of food, sometimes entering houses and ending up in swimming pools. Some people can have allergic reactions to the caterpillars’ tiny hairs.
Options for dealing with gypsy moth infestations include aerial spraying of biological pesticides and aerial applications of pheromone flakes. Trapping grids are used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.